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10 MMM DART NtWS PAMI'A, TEXAS Mlh YEAR Monday, June 12, 1972 A Watchful N«w*pap«r IVU STRIVING FOR TMI TOf O 1 TIXAS TO II AN IVIN ItTTtR FlACt TO UVt Our Capsule Policy The Pempa N«wt it dtodleattd to furnishing Information to •wr fMd«n tot that th«y can iMttor promoto and preserve their own freedom and encourage other* to tee othen to te< it* atoning. Only when man it free to control himtelf and all he produce* can he develop to hit utmott capability The New* believet each and every penon would get more tatitfactien in the long run if he were permitted to *pend what he eartn on a volunteer batit rather than having part of it dittributed invluntarily. Anniversary Coming Up In three weeks we will be observing the 196th anniversary of the signing of The Declaration of Independence. When we note the power the government of this nation has seized over its people in less than 200 years, the reason for its birth seems puzzling. Our forefathers objected to taxes and restrictions placed upon them by the king of England. But the power of George III would hardly be noticed in today's America. If we are to learn from the 200 years it should be that political government, regardless of how noble its founders, will constantly seek to grow and gain more control over those who supposedly set it up for aid. comfort and security. Writer Sam Stewart tells us in a bit of research that had not the king of England been so stubborn back in the 18th Century, there might not be a United States of America. Stewart writes that Edmund Burke, a member of the British parliament argued that the Crown should treat the colonies as partners. Had that happened, Stewart figures there would have been no reason for a revolution, no occasion to draw up a declaration of independence, no breaking of ties across the sea. Burke argued against the Stamp Act and right up to the revolution itself begging his government to cease badgering the colonies for tribute and help develop them as a national resource. Stewart writes that Burke saw the revolution coming 10 years ahead, and his warning reached a climax in a three-hour speech he delivered in Parliament on March 22.1775 including 13 resolutions in his speech "Conciliation With America." But nobody did anything about it. Among the things Burke said which showed ama/.ing foresight were: "Young man, there is America—which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men, and uncouth manners: yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world." He saw the folly of trying to subdue the complaining colonists by force: "The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment, but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again, and a nation is not government, which is perpetually to be conquered." The words of Edmund Burke might well be repeated today to those in politics who constantly seek to put more controls and greater taxation on the American people. There is a point beyond which the individual cannot be controlled. One Man's 'Patriotism' Can we really be surprised at some of the intellectual excesses of student war protesters when they have such good models among their elders? Harvard biochemist and Nobel Prize-winner Dr. George Wald was the first guest lecturer at the Center for Peaceful Change at Kent State University, established to memorialize the May 4. 1970. tragedy. "More and more Americans are happy when the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong advance and reoccupy their country." he said. "Is that unpatriotic? No. it's patriotic. How can Americans choose, but for independence and freedom?" Now there may be good reasons why many Americans who are not Communists are happy about North Vietnamese and Viet Cong successes, if only because they promise an early end to the killing, or at least an end to U.S. participation in the killing. But let us not confuse a victory in Vietnam for Hanoi as a victory for independence and freedom, not as these words are understood in a democracy. Really, all that need be said is that the kind of gathering at which Wald spoke simply would not be permitted in North Vietnam. And I Quote "Taxes should not encourage or discourage, reward or punish the social actions of a nation." —Edward Skinkis Member of COST i Committee of Single Taxpayers!, arguing for equal income taxation regardless of marital status. "1 do not see most people saying. 'Abandon controls.' Quite the contrary: most are saying.'Control us.'" —Jackson Grayson Chairman of the Price Commission WORLD ALMANAC FACTS The Medal of Honor is the highest military award for bravery that can be presented to an American. The World Almanac recalls that the first Medal of Honor awarded to a conscientious objector was presented to Pfc. Desmond T. Doss, for outstanding bravery as a medical corpsman on Okinawa, between April 29 and May 21, 1945. "I'm sorry, Horry-they may be all the rage, knit tank tops aren't your thing! but ribbed Hanoi Picks Up Most Of The Chips ByHAYCROMI.KY WASHINGTON (NKAi — President Nixon's ultimatum to Hanoi is not nearly so tough as it sounds. In fact, if not in words, it gives Hanoi almost all it has been asking for in the long peace negotiations. It docs not force a ship-lo-ship confrontation with the Russians. It has all the earmarks of an arrangement. Take these points one by one: 1—Mr. Nixon's cease-fire offer made no mention of Hanoi's invasion forces returning to North Vietnam. This suggests the North Vietnamese could, in fact, keep all the territory they capture before their supplies run out. Since they have stockpiled large amounts of raw material, the mining of Haiphong harbor should not interfere with North Vietnam's operations for weeks to come, perhaps not critically for months. The mining thus will not interfere with Hanoi's ability to capture Hue and other important provincial cities, assuming the North Vietnamese had the capacity which seems likely. The blockade then would not of itself prevent Hanoi from ending up in possession of some very important chunks of South Vietnam permanently. In fact, the North Vietnamese can go as far as they are able, then immediately call for a cease-fire and an exchange of prisoners — which would guarantee them possession of the territory they had taken up to that time. This. then, would be the old Laos situation. It would give the North Vietnamese the opportunity to build a strong Communist government in the occupied territory. This in turn would give them the strength to claim and get a coalition government of some type. 2—This is not a blockade. Haiphong harbor (and others> are reported mined. The docks will be destroyed. Any North Vietnamese lighters attempting to unload materiel from ships offshore will be attacked. But no foreign ships will be touched deliberately. If a Russian freighter, for example, chooses to run the mine field, no American warship will challenge it. The Russians will be free to take their chances with the mines. It will be very difficult to prevent lighters and other small craft from unloading materiel (including petroleumi from Russian and other ships. But this reporter has been told that tanks and the crucial type of trucks are so heavy that they must be unloaded directly on the docks. The top officers of the U. S. Air Force have assured Mr. Nixon there soon will be no docks to tie up to. 3_There is some evidence that both the Russians and the Chinese were prepared for some such U. S. action. In return. Mr. Nixon is said to have guaranteed to continue the U. S. troop withdrawals, to accept a cease-fire with the Communists keeping the territory they are able to capture and to impose an American post-cease-fire halt to bombing. The evidence for this is shaky. There were hints of it in the President's speech, in indirect statements made by White House and State Department officials and. more interestingly, in the statements made by Hanoi agents in South Vietnam these past few days. These Hanoi agents were spreading the rumor that an agreement had been made by Mr. Nixon. China's Chou Kn-lai and Russia's Leonid Brezhnev under which South Vietnam's two northern provinces would be given to North Vietnam and the Viet Cong. It was assumed at the time that this was merely highly effective propaganda, aimed at convincing South Vietnam's soldiers on the northern front that they should take it easy and not die uselessly. But now the question arises: Did they have some inside knowledge'.' Quick Quiz Q — What proportion of silver docs German silver contain? A—None. German silver is an alloy of copper, nickel and zinc. Q — How many of the United Nations .Security Council seats are permanent ones? A—Five of the 15 are permanent. Q — Where in the Bible is the Golden Rule of Jesus? A—The Golden Rule is in the seventh chapter of the Book of Matthew in the New Testament. 'FOLLOW Paul Harvey News 11111 tO I»7J M<N..|hl *,„,)., I*.. East And West Pay Gap Now Gradually Closing Wendell Wilkie was much too premature. He sold us the notion that it's "one world" and it's not. We're still outnumbered by people who eat with their fingers. But there's evidence the gap is closing. American Crossroads Report Dear Editor: My old truthsayer neighbor says the Equality jag must be topping out, now that ugly people are demanding laws to guarantee them equal employment rights with pretty people. Complaint is that the hiring class discriminates by giving jobs to the pretties and turning down the uglies. But so far there is no demand from the equalitarians for laws to stop employee types from discriminating against employers who are financially disadvantaged and can't pay high wages. * * * I see where a big city asked the Federals for $4.8 million to paint its garbage cans pink and to send its trash-truck drivers to college. By so me bureaucratic boo-boo, the request was turned down and that city will have to make do with non-pink garbage cans and degreeless truck wranglers. Since Washington turned down this idea, it must be a good one to statusfy the trashcer profession by requiring a college degree. We could get along fine without, say, sociologists, but garbagemen are a must. * * * Big drive is on to pardon the draft dodgers who snuck off to Canada and elsewhere and would now like to come home and get back on a Federal teat. The pitch is that these boys said the war was immoral and they ran away to keep from sinning, and now they had ought to be brought back and medaled as moral heroes. Then we could pardon all of our high-minded jailbirds who are in stir because they believe it is immoral for banks to lock up money, and sinful for people to go on living who have something they want. D.E. SCOTT Crossroads, U.S.A. today s FUNNY -JCX, a. OUR HIGHWAYS WRECK-LESS* Todc/l FUNNY will pay Jl 00 for each original "tunny" used Send gags lo Today's FUNNY, 1200 West Third SI. Cleveland, Ohio 44113. workers--demanding more money without producing more goods-forced higher prices on homemade widgets. So American buyers started buying widgets overseas, where workers work for less. If Japan can make and market more car for the money, Americans will buy Japanese cars. And thus Americans have been spending a lot more dollars in other countries than those countries have been spending over here. That's how our dollar got cancer. But just when the prospects appear darkest, the imbalance has begun to correct itself. Now Japanese workers are demanding and getting higher wages. In 1960 the average Japanese worked for 29 cents an hour. Last year he received $1.06 an hour. This year. $1.46. Similarly, in other competitive countries workers' wage scales are moving up. At Common Market headquarters in Brussels, a spokesman says. "Our wages in Europe are not just rising; they're soaring!" Sound familiar? We've been up that road. He says, "Not only will American exporters be more competitive in Europe's markets but in Third World markets also." Ten years ago many American manufacturers opened factories in Japan where they could hire nine hours of labor for the cost of one hour in the United States. Today that ratio is less than three-to-one. In Italy, the average manufacturing wage has tripled in 10 years. Now $2.28 an hour, Italy's average wage remains substantially below our average $4.46 an hour--but while ours was increasing 59 per cent, Italy's was increasing 300 per cent. The gap is less .vide. For a generation, the German Volkswagen is in trouble, bedeviled by the same cost factors which previously befriended it. A milling machine operator in Frankfurt, West Germany, earns the equivalent of $135 a week-double his wage just five years ago. Today some West German cameramakers are folding up, getting out, moving to Singapore, where they can produce the same cameras for $25 less. The wage gap is closing fast. If American workers can checkrein their own appetites-demand more only when they produce more-trie world balance of payments could swing back in our favor within 24 months. » * * I believe that anyone can conquer fear by doing the things he fears to do, provided he keeps doing them until he gets a record of successful experiences behind him.—Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. v * % The world bates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.— Charles Kettering, industrialist. BftUCt BfOSSAT Nixon Puts Self On Perilous Limb Bv BRtJCti BIOSSAT Question Box QUESTION: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy recently urged Congress to pass legislation to establish stronger national firearms legislation. Sen Birch Bayh wants to outlaw cheap short-barreled pistols. Will such legislation help prevent attempts to murder political figures, such as Gov. George Wallace, the Kennedy brothers and the Rev. Martin Luther King? ANSWER: We do not believe outlawing weapons is the answer to attempts to murder political figures. In the first place. Bayh's legislation to prohibit possession of short-barreled guns would not have prevented the murders of John Kennedy and the Rev. Mr. King, both of whom were shot down with rifles. In the shooting of Wallace and Robert Kennedy, both assailants were violating several laws including possessing concealed weapons, which violated state laws. The point is that an individual intent upon committing a murder, will not hesitate to violate another law such as carrying a concealed or otherwise illegal weapon. Many crimes have been committed with sawed-off shotguns, or other weapons which are prohibited by law. If guns are not used, other weapons are available. Regularly there are reports of murder attempts being made with aotomobiles. It would be sensible to attempt to outlaw automobiles because of their misuse as u is to attempt to outlaw guns. We note that Ohio's state senate recently passed a bill to set mandatory, nonprobational prison sentence for carrying a firearm while committing a crime of violence. It seems to us this type of legislation is more likely to curb misuse of firearms than prohibiting ownership of guns by peaceful citizens. However, with the present tendency of courts to disregard the laws as adopted, even this may be of little help. If there was some assurance of quick, sure punishment for crimes of violence, we believe there would be far fewer such crimes. Wit And Whimsy By PHIL PASTORET June is the traditional month for the bride and gloom. « » « About the only thing you can get on television, live, is the cat. DKTHOIT (NKAi -Daring so much with more sweeping air assaults and the mining of North Vietnamese harbors, President Nixon surely must be utterly fatalistic politically. In this astonishing year of voter protest, weariness with the Vietnam war—to no one's surprise—is always among the top three or four issues opinion surveyors find troubling the American people. They want us out of Indochina, and fast. They simply have come to view our participation, on the ground at least, as futile, wasteful of men and resources, damaging to home front efforts. Against this backdrop, politicians have been saying for months that any move which brings the war to the nation's front pages hurts the President politically. Several times in the past year or more, he has flouted that notion by mounting heavy air strikes for brief periods against North Vietnam. Since the big Hanoi offensive began a month and a half ago. this response has of course been continuous. If there was political danger in such actions, it would seem small compared to the possible peril in Nixon's new course. The magnitude is far greater, involving as it does all of North Vietnam's trading partners and most specifically its biggest military supplier, the Soviet Union. Is all this obvious? Then the chief conclusion has to be that Richard Nixon, said by his critics to be governed always by the narrowest of political considerations, is in this important matter quite disdainful of them. One reservation must be entered here. A certain national poll-taker reports that rising numbers of Americans are upset at Hanoi's open invasion of South Vietnam's soil across the Demilitarized Zone and the prospect of severe defeat for Saigon's armies. They are not pleased, he says, at such a consequence of our withdrawals of men and material. A much more limited exploration of voter sentiment in Michigan found lome similar responses. Many felt that Hanoi was grossly at fault for heating up the war and that it was acting deliberately to embarrass the President in an election year. Said one politician aware of these findings: "Many people feel we shouldn't let Hanoi take care of another President for us." The reference here was to judgments that Hanoi's 1968 Tel offensive was heavily responsible for Lyndon Johnson's decision not to seek another term. Maybe, then, Nixon thinks there is some good domestic politics in his new Vietnam action. But the stronger guess is that he is governed by other considerations. He has never wanted just to respond to America's wish to get out of Vietnam. He has wanted to manage withdrawals in a way that would give South Vietnam a high chance of survival. He has not really wavered in that judgment for at least the last five years. And he evidently is willing to pay the political price to him of acting upon it. His time of reckoning is at hand. H. L. Hunt Writes REAL RED INTENTIONS William L. Ryan, the veteran special correspondent of the Associated Press, says Moscow has told North Vietnam and other adherents of the old Bolshevik line that current negotiations with the United States are taking place in a "complicated international situation." Mr. Ryan adds, however, that the Kremlin, which is the brains of the communist world, has assured those who are "jittery" about the summit meeting that it is "part of the continuing over-all struggle...and that the (leadership) will never abandon long-range goals of the international revolutionary movement." Russian commentators are calling the Moscow conference a part of the "peace offensive." It is the same old Bolshevik tactic of give a little and take a lot: two steps forward and one back. In other words, the Russians will agree to work with the U.S. to curb pollution of the air and oceans but they won't hesitate to infiltrate a country and stir revolution in the tradition of the Marxists. They will "cooperate in space ventures but continue to subvert in the United States and other capitalistic nations" There is really nothing new in their agreements so far. It should be borne in mind that it takes two to make a bargain. This is true if we are dealing with Hanoi or Peking or Moscow or even a friendly country. The communists so far have had it one way and we usually have gone along with them. This wHs* especially true in Korea where the strides that General MacArthur made were surrendered in an atmosphere of compromise. Again the communists took a step backwards but they also took two steps forward. For a total lack of political and military definition in our foreign policy in Indochina we are not down to our boot straps. Somehow we must pull ourselves up again. We can't do it through outrageous compromise with the communist enemy. 0 * ft He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day. —John Bunyan, English novelist. 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